India At A Glance: Top 10 National News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • On July 25, 2022, Draupadi Murmu took the oath of office as India’s fifteenth president. The elected President Draupadi Murmu was sworn into office by Chief Justice of India  NV Ramana. Murmu is the country’s second female president. Additionally, she is the first president born in independent India and the first tribal person to hold the highest constitutional position.
  • Ajay Kumar Mishra, the Union Minister of State for Home, stated in the Lok Sabha on July 19, 2022 that 6,74,021 incidences of cyberattacks were registered in the nation up till June of this year. In 2021, he claimed, a total of 14,02,809 cyberattack-related cases were registered nationwide. Ajay Kumar Mishra, Minister of State for Home, claims that from 2019 to June 2022, 36.29 lakh such occurrences were registered throughout the nation.
  • The cumulative COVID19 immunisation programme in India has reached the milestone of 200 crore, which is a historic accomplishment. According to early statistics, 2,00,00,15,631 dosages were given across the nation. It took 2,63,26,111 sessions to finish.
  • The first “Cultural and Tourism Capital” of the SCO will be Varanasi, the sacred city that has for centuries served as a showcase for Indian culture and traditions. According to a new rotational initiative by the eight-member organisation to encourage people-to-people contact and tourism among member states, Varanasi will become the “Cultural and Tourism Capital” of the SCO for 2022–2023.
  • In India’s first 5G spectrum auction, the government received record bids totalling 1.45 lakh crore following four rounds on Tuesday. Ashwini Vaishnav, the minister of telecom, provided this information. By the end of 2022, according to Ashwini Vaishnav, 5G would be available in many places. Jio received 1,59,830 eligibility points for the auction, the most of the four bidders, with an EMD of Rs 14,000 crore.

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  • India’s economy is now expected to expand by 7.2% in the current fiscal year (2022-23), according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Earlier, it was predicted to be 7.5%. The Multilateral Development Bank, based in Manila, has lowered its prior estimate of projected FY24 growth to 7.8% from 8%. It did, however, increase the inflation prediction for India for FY2023 from 5.8 percent to 6.7 percent.
  • Partha Chatterjee, a cabinet minister in the Mamta government, was detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at his home in Kolkata in connection with the school recruitment fraud. The ED team has been residing here as part of the investigation into the SSC scandal. Partha Chatterjee’s close assistant Arpita Mukherjee is also being held. The ED reportedly conducted raids at 5 of Parth and Arpita’s locations. A home owned by Arpita Mukherjee, a close friend of Chatterjee’s, in south Kolkata yielded Rs 20 crore in cash to the ED. When the alleged swindle allegedly took place, Chatterjee was the state’s education minister. The Enforcement Directorate is looking into the alleged participants in the scam’s potential money laundering.
  • More than 4,000 tweets from December of last year to June of this year were ordered to be deleted by the authorities. The Ministry of IT provided information about blacklisted URLs during Parliamentary proceedings. More than 2800 posts were ordered deleted by Twitter on behalf of the IT Ministry last year, and more than 1100 posts will be deleted by June this year, compared to only 8 blocking orders in 2014.
  • Parliament’s monsoon session is now in session. There have been numerous allegations of protest, sloganeering, and unparliamentary behaviour by opposition MPs during this session, which got under way on July 18. During the monsoon session, a total of 24 MPs—20 from the Rajya Sabha and four from the Lok Sabha—were suspended. The opposition has been demonstrating since the first day of this session on a number of topics, including the Agneepath plan, GST, and inflation. Large opposition figures occasionally take part in the demonstration as well. To debate on topics like the Agneepath programme and the rising inflation in the GST, the opposition has issued notices in both houses of Parliament, but they were rejected.
  • After Presidential election, all eyes are now focused on the Vice Presidential election. Jagdeep Dhankhar, the governor of West Bengal, has been proposed by Margaret Alva and the BJP-led NDA on behalf of the opposition. The date of the elections is August 6. On the same day, the outcome will also be announced.